Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL), the leading passenger car manufacturer of India is definitely trying to boost its sales and the impression on the minds of the Indian audience by launching new products in the market. Thus, not bothered much about the slowdown stricken Indian auto market, the Indo-Japanese car major is introducing a new premium WagonR Stingray in India.
Maruti Suzuki is going to launch the new WagonR Stingray in the small car segment of the Indian auto market in order to offer the Indian consumers more choices as well as a new premium compact car to the higher middle-class of India. This more luxurious and snazzier variant of the WagonR was first revealed in February 2007. The Stingray is a more gorgeous version of the rather sober WagonR, and sports a classier styling and attractive front fascia along with muscular design elements at its rear that is somewhat closer to the sedan styling of Maruti.
The WagonR Stingray while being more attractive with aggressive styling retains the basic shape and size of the standard WagonR. The Stingray will be sporting slimmer and deep set head lights and also feature sleek and newly designed chrome strip on the front grille that will run between the horizontal head lights. As for the interior of the new WagonR Stingray is concerned, it will also have some new surprises as compared against the standard WagonR. The Stingray will feature various color contrasts for its upholstery and its dashboard will have an integrated gear stick replacing the floor one.
The Japanese Stingray variant is powered by a small 660 cc engine, but the Indian Stingray will be powered by a fuel efficient and potent 1000cc three-cylinder KSeries petrol engine that also runs the A-Star and Alto K10. While the Japanese Stingray has an automatic transmission, the Indian counterpart of the car will be available with a manual transmission for base models.
The Indian consumers are really showing low interest in petrol models owing to the fuel’s steep pricing and to counterbalance this sentiment, Maruti Suzuki may also launch the CNG and LPG variants of the ongoing Wagon R models in the Indian market.
For now, there are no plans for a Wagon R diesel variant, as Maruti Suzuki is still working on the development of a small diesel engine for the compact cars.
The Stingray would be placed above the ongoing WagonR by the company. The new Stingray got available in the Japanese market from 2012 and also introduced several improvements that would be subsequently available in the Indian model as well. While the WagonR is priced between Rs 3.57 lakh and Rs 4.44 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the new Stingray will be priced higher and will be close to the bestselling models such as the Swift hatchback and Swift DZire sedan.
With the new WagonR Stingray, Maruti Suzuki is sure to raise its customer interest. This new model being a fresh entrant in the small car segment would further enhance Maruti’s model portfolio.